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Scottsdale candidate Q&A: Is the housing market an issue?

One of the biggest issues across the Valley of the Sun this year is the state of housing. In Scottsdale, housing values are reported to be among the highest in the metro area. For the second …
Community News

Scottsdale Police announce new station commander for Via Linda district

The Scottsdale Police Department announced the promotion of Lieutenant Tom Myers to the rank of commander. The effective date of his promotion was Jan. 2, 2022.  Commander Myers and several …
First Responders

Man dies by suicide outside of Scottsdale police, fire HQ

A man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound around noon on Tuesday, May 10, outside of the Scottsdale Police and Fire Headquarters, officials say. Officials could not render lifesaving …

Scottsdale maintains water portfolio for drought preparedness

With drought trends on the rise, cities across the Valley have been hard at work looking into areas of water storage and conservation in order to prepare for any major or unprecedented water …

Scottsdale ranks low for getting most home for median price

Arizona homebuyers are getting a lot less home for their buck, at least according to a new report examining what can be bought for what is now the median price for a home in the U.S. That price, …

Scottsdale nonprofit gets $2M from Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education has announced $12.1 million in funding health and learning initiatives, with notMYkid receiving $2 million.
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Kush: Beware of candidates wrong for Scottsdale

When Barry Graham was first appointed to the Scottsdale Planning Commission eyes rolled as some people were aware that Mr. Graham had exactly zero experience in the planning and zoning practice and …

Hague: Will real estate commissions get cut in half?

If you’ve sold a home in the past you know that sellers typically pay a 5%-6% real estate commission, with about half (2.5%-3%) paid to the agent who represents the buyer. This “sellers …

Kohl: Scottsdale Leadership seeking new applicants

Do you feel passionate about influencing the future of our community, and engaging in relationship building, civil dialogue, and thoughtful action with other servant leaders to do so? Then consider …

Werner: Parent involvement in schools matters; here’s why

Chances are, you’ve never heard of Listenwise. I hadn’t. Listenwise is a supplemental program being evaluated by the Scottsdale Unified School District. On the surface, Listenwise …

Webber: Abortion is improper, immoral

Regrettably, the U.S. is still performing abortions at alarming rates, only one of six countries in the world doing so. Just this past week the wheels came off at the Supreme Court over the matter. …

Janik: The problem with extremism

Extremism was once considered an ideology, a belief system, outside of the common sense attitudes of society. Unfortunately, it now seems to be the norm. With the constant news stream of …

Cadwell: The ultimate mother

Mother: selfless, unwavering, inner knowing, connection, protection, divine beauty and love. Feminine energy is kind, nurturing, gentle, calculated, forgiving, and, when needed, ... fierce. …

Simonson: Scottsdale’s election status quo needs to go

Scottsdale is a world-class metropolitan city, yet it runs its City Council races like a small desert outpost. Citizen commissions have recommended changing Scottsdale’s elections from …

Whitehead: Water! Protecting our most precious resource

Water is on every person’s mind and that is a good thing. Today, we know that Colorado River is over-allocated and the future will have less water. Yet, scarcity leads to innovation and …

Pejman: Scottsdale transportation action plan is nearsighted

Dear Mayor Ortega & Council Members, Thousands of apartments are in the pipeline, and plenty more will get approved going forward, even with a resident friendly council. This is not …

DAR honors Chaparral High School senior Dashram Pai

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a luncheon meeting where the Good Citizen Award was presented to a Chaparral High School senior, Dashram Pai.
Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Scott A. Menzel has been approved for a three-year contract for the 2022-25 school years.

Scottsdale Schools’ superintendent contract extended 3 years

The Scottsdale Unified School District superintendent’s contract renewal was approved despite a couple public objections from community members before the Governing Board’s unanimous vote.
Camper drawing project

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation debuts revamped K-12 summer camps

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Camp Taliesin West program returns this summer with an expanded lineup of architecture, science, engineering, art and photography camps for K-12 students.
Hannah Vasquez is named the class valedictorian at Gateway Academy.

Gateway Academy names valedictorian, salutatorian

Gateway Academy, which serves students diagnosed with High Functioning Autism, will host its graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 19.
The Scottsdale Community College Dance Program will show two, free, distinctive dance performances for the spring semester, May 6-7 at Scottsdale Community College Performing Arts Center, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Community College’s Dance Program to showcase 2 Performances

The Scottsdale Community College Dance Program will present two distinctive dance performances for the spring semester, May 6-7.
Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting

Scottsdale teen wins DAR national award for work with veterans

The Arizona State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has selected Evan Kobley of Scottsdale for one of its highest awards, for his outstanding work in helping veterans. State …

Young professionals ‘Dive Under the Sea’ for philanthropy

More than 200 young philanthropists, May 6, joined Jewish National Fund-USA’s JNFuture for the largest Young Jewish Professional event in Arizona at its signature annual Shabbat in the Desert Soirée at OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale.
Meet the author

Retired Scottsdale teacher motivates, educates readers with series

In between entertaining house guests visiting Arizona for an “escape,” retired Scottsdale Unified School District teacher turned author/poet Linda Rittenhouse continues to offer a literary escape.

Scottsdale resident Thomas Bate graduates from ASU

Thomas Bate is a deep thinker. The Scottsdale resident is graduating from Arizona State University in Barrett, The Honors College May 9, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a handful of accolades …
For a good cause

Saturday: Local golf event raises funds for Scottsdale organization

Scottsdale resident Bob Kurtz’s lifetime as a sportscaster, pastor and professional golfer are wedded in his newest endeavor to use golf to raise money that will benefit children and families. …

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa has joined the distinguished list of significant and well-known areas of Arizona that hang Cosanti Original Windbells. The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale …

Born and Raised Hospitality, the restaurant group renowned for Phoenix restaurants Clever Koi, Across the Pond, and Fellow Osteria, has announced the grand opening of a new fast-casual noodle …
Attorney Peter Furlow recently joined Rose Law Group, focusing on real estate and business transactions while also assisting the firm’s expansive cannabis practice. Furlow, a native of …
In a world of tailored online ordering sites like Etsy and Depop, it’s hard to imagine going to a physical storefront to find all your specialty goods; but, even online businesses today work …
Scottsdale Entertainment
Children show off their artwork at the inaugural Conservation Art Challenge. This year’s challenge is May 20-June 8.

Kids can earn free ticket to aquarium with art submission

In recognition of Endangered Species Day on May 20 and World Oceans Day on June 8, OdySea Aquarium is offering a free child’s admission ticket when they create an endangered species art piece …

Eagles tribute band planning 2 Scottsdale shows

A night of Eagles music is coming to Scottsdale.
Ryan Anthony and Adam Roberts and the rest of Union32 will perform free in Scottsdale on May 19.

Jazz quintet Union32 to play free show in Scottsdale

The Lectures on Music series continues this month in Scottsdale.
Detour Company Theatre will present “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Once Upon a Mattress” June 10–12 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Detour Company Theatre in Scottsdale presenting 2 musicals in June

Detour Company Theatre is bringing double the fun to Scottsdale with its production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Once Upon a Mattress” Friday through Sunday, June 10–12, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St.

2022 Scottsdale Jazz Festival records great success

The 2022 Scottsdale Jazz Festival, on the evening of April 30, brought a new kind of excitement to downtown Scottsdale.

50+ authors to appear at Desert Foothills Book Festival in Scottsdale

The Desert Foothills Book Festival provides a chance to meet local authors with a diverse selection of literary works for book lovers of all ages.
Performers star in a previous production at Fountain Hills Theater from September 2021.

Fountain Hills Theater to host auditions for the musical ‘Urinetown’

Fountain Hills Theater will be hosting auditions for its upcoming summer production.

This month: Free concerts at Scottsdale's railroad park

Through May 29, residents are invited to join weekly Sunday night concerts at Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad park. The free events are 7:30-9 p.m. every Sunday, showcasing a …

Scottsdale Quarter to host Mother’s Day events

This Mother’s Day, Scottsdale Quarter invites guests to celebrate the women and mother figures in their lives through a variety of springtime events.
Jazz composer-pianist Vijay Iyer performs May 21 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Scottsdale to host jazz pianist for concert

Jazz composer-pianist Vijay Iyer is coming to Scottsdale.
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